“Where to start, where to start?!” And thus launches many a bathroom upgrade, from simple to total makeover.

Well, one of the best places to start is with a budget. That way, you can either reach for the sky or rein in your wish list to a more practical level.  For purposes of this article, let’s say you want to make changes that people will notice and appreciate, but you don’t want to break the bank doing it.

Here are a few suggestions to help get you started down an affordable path.

Paint or Wallpaper

Bathrooms with walls painted a neutral color direct the eye elsewhere.  But you notice the dullness of the paint, don’t you?  Well, here’s a readymade opportunity to make a splashy statement with a simple can of paint and a little time to put your idea into action. Besides simply repainting the walls a new, more dynamic solid color, how about engaging an artist to paint a favorite scene…the ultimate attention getter.

New Hardware and Fixtures

Replacing a sink, shower, or bathtub can be costly. So, if yours are in good working order, why not simply make them look new by replacing the faucet or showerhead.   There are almost limitless possibilities available in terms of design types, finishes, and styles.

Architectural Details

Wainscoting and other architectural highlights can be budget breakers. Instead, consider installing a chair real and, beneath that, framed shapes of wood.  Next, paint above the chair rail one color, using another color for the rail and space beneath it. Everyone will swear your bathroom has been wainscoted.  Best of all, you’ll love the look, not to mention how much money you’ll save.


Have a nice-looking vanity top that’s just not “doing it for you” anymore?  Good news: you don’t have to replace it to liven up its appearance, Instead, add a soap basket, decoratively folded towels, a dry flower arrangement, or whatever else floats your boat.

If your bathroom remodeling plans involve plumbing, then now’s a great time to involve Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air.  We do more than remove and replace. We can offer advice on additions or changes you might not have considered and recommend ways to incorporate added safety into your plans.  Contact us today for a free in-home consultation and project proposal.